Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. With an estimated 80% or more of cases that are undiagnosed, this common problem causes many to lose sleep without even knowing it. Additionally, obstructive sleep apnea and lack of sleep can even negatively impact your overall health. Thankfully, your dentist offers sleep apnea therapy in Tysons Corner. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea, how it can affect your overall health, and the symptoms to look out for.
WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a blockage of your airway, typically caused by relaxed throat muscles. This makes those affected start and stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times, during the night. This not only influences your sleeping schedule, but it can also have serious overall health implications, not to mention the day-to-day sleepiness that you may face with sleep apnea. While there are other types of this sleeping disorder, OSA is by far the most common.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SLEEP APNEA?
Many cases of sleep apnea are undiagnosed because the majority of symptoms occur while you’re asleep. For this reason, it’s important to contact your dentist in Tysons Corner if you notice any of these symptoms in your sleeping partner:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Persistent sore throat
- Night sweats
- Dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
- Restless sleep
- Irritability, or lack of sex drive
HOW CAN OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA AFFECT MY HEALTH?
Unfortunately, the impact that sleep apnea can have on your body and mind don’t stop with the common symptoms. Sleep apnea also increases your risk of many different health problems, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart failure
- Drug resistant hypertension
- Coronary artery disease
- Acid reflux
- Atrial fibrillation
HOW IS SLEEP APNEA TREATED?
Your dentist can treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance that eliminates the need for a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine during sleep. Instead, you can receive an oral appliance that positions your jaw in a way that allows for clear breathing. This will not only eliminate the possibility of some of the health risks previously mentioned, but it will also give you the ability to count sheep in peace.
Does it sound like you could benefit from sleep apnea treatment? Contact your dentist to get started on a better night’s sleep with more energetic days.
MEET THE DENTIST
Dr. Sam Osseiran offers sleep apnea treatment at his practice because he believes in treating more than just his patients’ smiles. He takes pride in his ability to give people a better night’s rest as well as treat any oral health issues that they may have. He currently practices at Just For Your Smile, and he can be reached through his website or by phone at (703) 844-3203 for any questions.